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Retirement

by Stacy Brasher on May 24, 2018

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for retirement. However, in the U.S., when it comes to retirement savings, later seems to be the standard. According to RothIRA.com, only 56% of today’s workers in the U.S. are currently saving money for their retirement, and 38% of those currently saving have less than $10,000 saved. With one-third of Americans admitting that they have no retirement savings at all, it’s clear that many U.S. workers will reach retirement age with little to no resources to count on.

Everything you Need to Know About Buying a Life Insurance Policy

by Stacy Brasher on May 23, 2018

Education, Insurance, Family

If you are at the point where you are asking how to buy a life insurance policy, then you have already made the most important financial decision, which is to take the steps to  insure your family’s or loved one’s financial security.  For many people, that is most likely a critical decision that has long been procrastinated.

Using Cash Value Life insurance to Increase Portfolio Returns While Reducing Risk

by Stacy Brasher on May 23, 2018

Finance, Insurance

Life insurance has existed for nearly two centuries as essential planning tool that protects dependents from the risk of a breadwinner’s untimely death. However, given the unique investment properties of life insurance, financial planners are finding a number of ways it can be used in other ways to enhance portfolio returns while reducing risk.

An Estate Planning Primer for Business Owners

by Stacy Brasher on May 22, 2018

Estate Planning

As if business owners didn’t have enough to contend in managing their business and personal finances, there is one particular aspect of their financial lives that is often neglected until it’s too late, and that is the management of their estate. Yet, it is the one area of their financial picture that, if not thoroughly planned and managed, could have the most devastating consequences for their family and their business.

529 Plans

by Stacy Brasher on May 21, 2018

Started in 1996, 529 plans provide tax incentives for those saving for post-secondary education. The plan allows funds saved to be used at any eligible education institution, which typically includes colleges, universities, vocational schools or any post-secondary educational institute that is currently eligible to participate in U.S. Department of Education student aid programs. Operating much like at 401(k) or IRA, funds deposited into a 529 plan are not taxed, either by the federal government or the state in which the participant resides.

Tax Planning Basics

by Stacy Brasher on May 14, 2018

Tax Planning

For years it was assumed that tax planning was reserved for the wealthy. While wealthy individuals will see the most benefit from tax planning, with big changes looming for the 2018 tax year, even middle-income earners can reap the benefits of tax planning.